When Government Is Too Small

When Government Is Too Small

On a damp Friday morning, 11 days into the government shutdown, a few dozen truckers took to the Capital Beltway to tell lawmakers they were angry. They were protesting big government. Yet opinion polls showed that Americans opposed the government shutdown and were...
A Radioactive Poster Child for Government Waste

A Radioactive Poster Child for Government Waste

Here’s a lesson on how the federal government and its contractors can turn a relatively modest project into a massive boondoggle. Back in 2005, officials at the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) persuaded Congress to...
Smaller Arsenals Beat Bigger Ones

Smaller Arsenals Beat Bigger Ones

After years of leaving his nuclear weapons policy on the back burner, President Barack Obama called last month for major reductions in U.S. and Russian strategic stockpiles. Obama made these remarks outside Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, nine days and 50 years after...
Syrian Dead End

Syrian Dead End

We’re at it again. After months of commendable restraint, President Barack Obama has decided to send weapons to the besieged Syrian rebels. This is either a bid to overthrow a friend of Iran or a ploy to capture Syria’s oil. Or both. Sound familiar? It...
Fantasy Budgeting Won’t Make Us Safer

Fantasy Budgeting Won’t Make Us Safer

The watchword in Washington has been “cut” for some time. But the House of Representatives headed in the opposite direction when it adopted its version of the National Defense Authorization bill. The bill authorizes $552 billion in military spending next...
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